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The Burwell School is located at 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC
We are open Wednesday - Saturday, 11 - 4; Sunday 1 - 4
Admission and tours are free but donations are suggested.
We offer free guided tours which focus on life at the Burwell School from 1837 - 1857, when it was the home of the large Burwell family, enslaved servants, and the Burwells' landmark school for young ladies -- more than 200 girls over 20 years studied, played, ate and slept here. This was also the home for seven difficult years of Elizabeth Hobbs,a Burwell family slave; later the Civil War refuge of the Collins family of Somerset Place plantation.
The tour brings history to life through the lives of the site’s varied 19th century residents – the diary entries and letters of Anna Burwell as she struggles to balance the pressures and demands of operating her school and the needs of her growing family, Elizabeth Hobbs chronicling her enslavement and longing for her home in Virginia, and letters of students who were sometimes happy and sometimes homesick.
The tour takes you room-by-room as you learn about the school, the household, and the students. Tours are offered free of charge, however, donations are appreciated.
The site is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 - 4, and Sunday, 1 - 4. Tours are held at 1 pm on Wednesday, Thurday and Friday, and anytime during open hours on Saturday (11 - 4) and Sunday (1 - 4).
Tours are free but donations are welcome (suggested donation $5 - $10).
Docent Carrie Currie
Mary and Emma helping with a busy event.
Our tour guides and volunteers look forward to your visit!
We also welcome you to enoy the site at your own pace and to see: